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Highway police chase doesn't exceed 20 mph

Minneapolis -- A woman who attempted to flee police in a car didn't exactly put the pedal to the metal. She never went more than 20 mph as she led officers on a chase that started in Mounds View, Minn., and ended when she drove into a snowbank al...

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Minneapolis -- A woman who attempted to flee police in a car didn't exactly put the pedal to the metal. She never went more than 20 mph as she led officers on a chase that started in Mounds View, Minn., and ended when she drove into a snowbank along a freeway in Brooklyn Center, Minn.

Not only did she drive slowly, she stopped several times along the eight-mile pursuit, but motored away each time officers approached her vehicle to make an arrest, said Mounds View Police Chief Mike Sommer.

"Not your typical chase," Sommer said.

Sommer said the whole incident was odd from the get-go.

It started about 12:30 a.m. Saturday when an officer found the 37-year-old woman asleep, wrapped in a sleeping bag in a parked car on Parkview Drive. As the officer attempted to wake her, the suspect sat up, tried to get out of the sleeping bag, and then drove off.

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Police followed her down Silver Lake Road with lights flashing and sirens sounding. The woman stopped a few times, but each time as officers approached her car, she took off, Sommer said.

The woman drove over a tire puncturing device police had put on the road, but kept going even through rubber flew off her tires and she was driving only on the rims, Sommer said.

She entered westbound Interstate Highway 694 and drove until State Patrol officers joined the chase. The woman finally drove into a snowbank near Highway 100 in Brooklyn Center about 1 a.m., Sommer said.

The woman was taken to North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale with unspecified injuries.

Sommer is not sure why the driver was avoiding police, but didn't believe alcohol was a factor.

She could be charged with a felony for fleeing police.

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